Barbara Elwood Schlatter began her career programming recreation for people with disabilities and later as a youth development worker in the Peace Corps/Guatemala.
She earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate from SUNY Cortland, Springfield College, and the University of Illinois, respectively.
Her 20-year career in higher education includes academic appointments at SUNY Cortland, Chicago State University, and Illinois State University, where she holds the rank of professor and is assistant director in the School of Kinesiology and Recreation.
Her teaching specializations include recreation programming, outdoor recreation, and human resource management.
Schlatter's scholarly work has been published in the Journal of Recreation and Park Administration, Research Quarterly for Sport and Exercise, JOPERD, and the Cyber Journal of Applied Recreation and Leisure Research.
She served many years as board member for a local Boys and Girls Club.
She is a member of the National Recreation and Park Association and Illinois Park and Recreation Association, and she serves as president of the American Leisure Academy.